Gluten-Free Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

gluten-free blueberry muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of gluten-free flour
    (I used Pillsbury Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten-free quick oats oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
    (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free & Aluminum Free Baking Soda)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of organic vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of Fresh Blueberries

*Optional – keep cane sugar out for topping 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease muffin tin with olive oil or use a nonstick muffin tin
  3. Combine all dry ingredients and set aside
  4. In a large separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until all ingredients are combined
  6. GENTLY fold in the fresh blueberries
  7. Fill muffin tin with batter – should fill all 12 muffins cups perfectly about 3/4 of the way full.
  8. *optional* Sprinkle 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of cane sugar on top of EACH muffin for delicious crunchy sugar topping! 
  9. Bake for 20 minutes
  10. Let cool & enjoy!

 

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Why Artisan-Made Products Are Better

Have you found yourself at the store lately searching for products that aren’t full of all the harmful chemicals and crap, and are just not having any luck?  Yeah, me too!  That being said, you DO see a lot of products labeled as ‘green friendly’ or even ‘organic’ – but sadly, a lot of that is just marketing tactics and not very honest. Sorry if that sounded so much like a commercial lol, but it’s true!

So, what the heck is ‘artisan’ and what is all the hype about? It’s defined as a person or company that makes a high-quality, distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand and uses traditional methods (without all the crazy harmful perseverates like the stuff you buy in the store now). Before I started my business, ExplorBoxes, I was finding myself at Target searching up and down the aisles for items made without all the crap chemicals that NOBODY can even pronounce, and I was struggling! I know the stores are now becoming more “conscious” of harmful preservatives and focusing more on the vegan lifestyle and non-GMO products, but some of it cannot be trusted.

A label that says ‘made with organic ingredients’ can be used when a product contains at least 70% organic ingredients but is not accompanied by the official USDA Organic seal. Because of this, I started to realize that big box stores (such as Target and Walmart) are slowly becoming full of products that claim to be organic but aren’t 100%.

Recently, I started searching on Etsy and other websites for products that are handmade and TRULY organic/eco-friendly. I started coming across so many small artisanal businesses that make AMAZING body & beauty products that it made me think… “Ugh, why can’t I find more of this in the big box stores?!”. That’s when it dawned on me and I started thinking of ways to get these businesses more exposure. 

I have done quite a bit of research and have learned that most all homemade products sold by artisan businesses are preservative free. This is why getting products from them is beneficial because they do not require the preservatives since they are made fresh and are used within a short period of time. But, sometimes the use of preservatives is necessary to ensure quality products and to prevent bacterial growth and skin infections. If they are required, those businesses I’ve come across during my search use natural preservatives, such as grapefruit seed extract or antioxidants, because they want the same benefits as you – safe and healthy.

Every business I’ve partnered with through ExplorBoxes has not only provided me with fantastic products, but the customer service is spectacular and that’s what makes me love what I do even more! I invite you to check out my website for ExplorBoxes and subscribe to a monthly box! You’re going to love what you receive in each monthly box, I guarantee it!

www.explorboxes.com

Improve & Simplify Your Beauty Routine

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I’ve been searching for an all-in-one organic beauty product, and I’ve finally found it! Coconut oil has become well known for its versatility, and if you didn’t know already – because of its medium-chain fatty acids is kills harmful microorganisms, which makes it an antibacterial and anti-fungal product. Organic to Green offers award-winning liquid coconut oil products that help improve your overall beauty routine for anyone and any age.
Beauty Facts:
– Coconut oil can be used as a makeup remover
– Help treat acne- Gargling with coconut oil can help freshen your breath
– Treats sunburn
– Use it as a highlighter on your cheeks (No more expensive products!)
– Adds shine to your hair, just apply a small pea size to your dry hair
– Great for shaving, helps get rid of razor bumps (if you haven’t tried this, you’re missing out)

 

Finding products that are this universal is hard, especially at an affordable price. Organic to Green’s products are non-greasy (yes, you read that right – coconut oil that is non-greasy!) and are also non-staining.
All of their products are FREE of parabens, petrolatum, artificial colors or phthalates, AND by supporting them, you support our planet. 10% of their profits go to keeping our planet green by supporting community programs. So, protect your skin this summer and go check out their All-In-One Liquid Coconut Oils at www.organictogreen.com!

The Best Plant-Based Household Cleaners

Puracy
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Made from plants & natural minerals 
+ Developed by a team of Ph.D. chemists
+ Safe for children & pets
Sulfate-free

+ Natural fragrances
+ Renewable ingredients
+ Free of harsh chemicals
+ Never tested on animals
+ Made in the USA

It is hard to find products that are good for us and the environment these days, and I’ve learned that most products on the shelves don’t list the ingredients! The FDA – which ensures the safety of things we put on our bodies, does not cover the products we clean with. ISSA – which regulates the labeling and registration of chemical cleaning products, does not require companies to list the ingredients on their packaging. The only ingredients they are required to list are chemicals that can “cause concern for our health”. That also means companies are not required to test the cleaning products.

Puracy claims their products are…

“Effective: Puracy worked tirelessly with our team of Ph.D. chemists to create a line of proprietary plant and natural mineral-based home and personal products with botanical fragrances that did not have an asterisk at the end. Once you have our products in your hands, you’ll know that they have already passed head-to-head tests versus both synthetic and natural competitors.”

“Friendly: All of our products are uniquely formulated to do more with less. In other words, they last longer, use less packaging and are made from the purest natural ingredients available. They do not leave residues behind and, because they are non-toxic, they are safe to use around children, pets, and the environment.”

They also…

“Give Back: Our mission to provide natural and organic household essentials to those in need is very important in what we do. For every sale, Puracy donates natural and organic products to families and children that are less fortunate. We do so through organizations such as Austin’s Children’s Shelter, The Ronald McDonald House, and more.”

“Support Local Artists: All Puracy products feature original hand-drawn artwork created exclusively for each label. Each stunning piece of artwork showcases the pure, raw beauty of the natural ingredients you’ll find in every bottle of Puracy.”

My Favorite Scent

I am absolutely in love with the Green Tea & Lime product line. The hand soap leaves your hands soft and clean feeling. The multi-purpose cleaner gets the job done while making the places smell great.

I bought a set which included the multi-surface cleaner, laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap and stain remover. The laundry detergent is Free & Clear which is nice for those who may have allergies or sensitive skin and it works well! A 25 oz. bottle will wash up to 96 loads of laundry because it is concentrated and you only use a pump or two. I personally use this detergent with Method Ginger & Mango fabric softener from Target.

The Lavender & Vanilla hand soap that came in the kit smells good, but it kind of reminds me of a hospital soap. I still prefer the Green Tea & Lime overall.

Make The Switch

The next time you go out to buy cleaner or laundry detergent, check the back of the bottle. I have been using products for years that I’m unaware of what’s inside them, but with my latest research, it has really made me more conscious of what I purchase now. If you’re ready to make the switch to all natural products, click here!